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Comment: GPL release that Sun did might seem to apply... (Score 1) 303


I really wish someone would bring this up with more serious force behind it. Sun released Java SE under GPLv2.

Also, going out on a limb, I'd guess that the "37 APIs" aren't part of something outside the core stuff - I'm guessing Sun left out J2EE when open sourcing since I see no note about it.

Comment: Re:I'm going to do it (Score 1) 120

by Jadecristal (#44454015) Attached to: Fearful of Reader Reaction, Facebook Delays Video Ads

I feel that it goes back to the saying regarding you being the product, if you're not paying.

People don't want to pay, apparently, or just plain don't mind being the product. I don't get that.

The only social site I've found (just recently) where I don't feel like the product would be app.net - sure, not many people might use it yet, but there's potential. They're working with the github model where there IS a free tier, it's just not as nice as a paid tier - and if you really USE the service, you'll probably want to pay the pittance it costs. Like github, use it for free if you want.

As for giving it a shameless plug, sign up using my referral link and we both get more space to store things: http://join.app.net/from/vswpqtxlqq

Comment: Re:My Usage Matches... (Score 1) 562

by Jadecristal (#41981673) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: AT&T's Data Usage Definition Proprietary?

Get MSDN, or TechNet, or download some ISOs of... anything legit. Then use Steam. You're pretty much done with your 150GB if you download, say, the stuff to set up a virtualized lab configuration worth of software from MSDN, reinstall several games (at 10GB/per - they ARE hosted in the cloud for your convenience, like if you rebuild a computer), and maybe watch some TV on Netflix 3 nights a week night, and some movies on the weekend. It's not hard.

Comment: These are NOT rent-a-cops (Score 1) 566

by Jadecristal (#37590088) Attached to: Theater Professor's <em>Firefly</em> Poster Declared Threatening

These are NOT "rent-a-cops." Any campus of the UW system that has a police department has a state-certified police force. They are armed and have all the powers that any other city/municipal police department does, including the ability to arrest you or cite you under UW system administrative code or state or local statute, depending on their mood.


Comment: Re:They will make a fortune (Score 1) 308

by Jadecristal (#36606158) Attached to: France To Invest One Billion Euros In Nuclear Power

There's no such thing as "enough windmills, dams, and solar arrays," at least at current productivity levels. These power sources are NOT price-competitive, and the only way that they survive as well as they do in Germany is via government subsidies. This is NOT a long-term plan.

Comment: Re:On *NIX it is standard policy to format and (Score 1) 344

by Jadecristal (#30021416) Attached to: Test of 16 Anti-Virus Products Says None Rates "Very Good"

This really still applies to Windows too, which is why "cleaning" never made a lot of sense to me. I suppose that one could put their trust in the big AV companies, who analyze viruses and note what they mess up/with, but in the end, I have no way of knowing what I just had run rampant on my computer, and so it's far far far safer to just wipe everything.

Comment: Re:Nuts (Score 2, Insightful) 296

by Jadecristal (#26317053) Attached to: Protection From Online Eviction?
I'm not sure that it's that they're parasites, it's that like so many other people in the world, they don't want to *think*.

Like a turkey drawn with a child's hand or a collection of snow globes collected from a life well-lived, these sites were hand-made, done by real people, with no agenda or business plan or knowledge, exactly, of how everything under the webservers worked.

Now, the key part here is "no knowledge . . . of how everything under the webservers worked." They presume that it's someone else's problem when the content is gone, but they:

  1. Didn't back it up,
  2. Didn't know how to back it up,
  3. Didn't care to know how to back it up,
  4. Likely told themselves that despite paying nothing, they didn't need to think about it enough to know how to back it up, and that XYZ Corp. was responsible for that.

They expected to receive value despite giving nothing, and then not to have to think at all about what could go wrong if that value were taken away, but instead, that they were entitled to it. ...and we wonder why we have problems.

Never try to teach a pig to sing. It wastes your time and annoys the pig. -- Lazarus Long, "Time Enough for Love"